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Team: The Fairmont Royal York

Team Captain: Heather McCrory (supported by Ashley Tompkins & Dustin Churchill)

Total Raised: $76,535.35

Team Pictured: ‘The Fairmont Royal York Team for 2011’

Why Involved: With 1200 colleagues from over 100 ethnic backgrounds, ranging in age from 18 – 70 years, the Run for the Cure gives us an opportunity to rally behind a common cause—one that has impacted our family, friends and members of our hotel team. While we are proud to share a brand-wide commitment to corporate social responsibility, the Run for the Cure also offers an opportunity to unite colleagues from each hotel department. We are continually amazed by the support and generosity shown by our guests and the commitment to personal fundraising demonstrated by our team and their families.

About The Fairmont Royal York: Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, The Fairmont Royal York is within walking distance to the business and theatre districts and the city's best shopping and dining.  With its grand stature and elegant interiors, The Fairmont Royal York depicts the elegance of its past while providing the finest conveniences for today's travellers.

Opening in 1929, the Fairmont Royal York is steeped in history, once standing as the tallest building in the British Empire. The Fairmont Royal York is the largest hotel in the Fairmont chain, with 1,365 guest rooms and over 1,200 colleagues, speaking over 53 different languages.


Team: Bard Canada

Team Captain: Vicki Richardson

Total Raised: $23,715.76

Team Pictured: Marney Chambers, Karl, John & William Kriz & dog Bailey, Chris, Jennifer, Kyle & Liam Bahen, Rochelle Duong, Jaclyn Spinelli, Joni, Arrilyn & Kaighla Poplawski & dog Roxie, Tracey, Brian & Jayden Moroney, Catharine Song & dog Levi, Amy Hou, Diana Chan, Jake & Jordyn Knock, Deanna & Anya Bender, Marlene Dorcas, Kristen Vella, Tammy Gerber, Byron Goodwin, Jamie Anderson, Nadine Sacco, Troy, Tara, Ella, Anna & Ryan Keating, George Furtado, Miguel, Elisa & Julieta Lopez, Indi Lachmansingh, Mary Macmorine, Kevin, Brendan, Isabel & Natalie Talmage, JJ Anderson, Gabrielle Arsenault, Melanie Davis, Trevor Newbold, Carl Pepin, Elizabeth Vanasse, Susan Gob, Kim Harding, Kathy Skrinda (Mississauga Site - Determination Award Recipient) & dog Gemini (Team Mascot), Doug, Tracy, Alex & Vicki Richardson (Team Captain).

Why Involved: Bard Canada participates in the Run for the Cure for many reasons.  First, we have had a few employees who have been personally touched by breast cancer and we know many others who have been touched by this disease as well.  Second, as employees of Bard Canada, we see the impact on a day to day basis of the effect breast cancer has on women.  We provide many products to hospitals in this area….from biopsy machines to products that help to reconstruct a breast after surgery.   Third, getting involved helps make a difference.  We would all love to see a world without breast cancer.  Working toward this goal as a team is very motivating and inspiring.  Lastly, participating in this event allows us the opportunity to come together to celebrate survivorship, honour those who have lost their battle, and most importantly, raise funds and awareness together for the fight against this life threatening disease.

About Bard: Bard Breast Care Solutions - From Biopsy to Treatment to Reconstruction.  At Bard, we're dedicated to helping health care providers deliver uncompromised care to each breast care patient.  Our broad line of category-leading products is designed to improve the breast care experience for healthcare providers, their patients and their practices.


Team: Excel-erate the Cure

Team Captain: Val Horrobin

Total Raised: $15,966.89

Team Pictured: “Excel-erate the Cure” team

Why Involved: Wrigley is a proud supporter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation because breast cancer is a disease that affects so many women. In some way or another, breast cancer has touched each and every one of us. We’re committed and empowered to do what we can to one day create a future without breast cancer. This year, I was overwhelmed by how passionate and engaged Wrigley associates were in our CBCF program and fundraising initiatives. Together, we more than doubled our fundraising goal and increased our CIBC Run for the Cure team by 50%. 


Team: Team Pepsi Inspires Hope – Satellite

Team Captain: Ronit Soroksky

Total Raised: $37,511.38

Team Pictured: Team Pepsi Inspires Hope – Satellite members

Why Involved: PepsiCo is a proud supporter in the Canadian Breast Cancer's premier event, Run for the Cure. At PepsiCo Canada, we're committed to achieving business and financial success while leaving a positive imprint on society - delivering what we call Performance with Purpose.   The Run for the Cure event allows our 5000 employees from across the country to unite together for this worthy cause.  We want to continue to draw attention to Run for the Cure and together create a future without Breast Cancer.

About PepsiCo Canada: PepsiCo Canada is home to some of the world's most recognized and respected brands including Pepsi, Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Lay's, Doritos and Tostitos. From beverages to foods and snacks, we offer consumers a broad range of product choices from simple treats to healthful offerings.


Team: Bereskin & Parr – IP Law

Team Captain: Margaret Seko

Total Raised: $7,700.00

Team Pictured: Top row (left to right): Noelle Engle, Janice Bereskin, Tamarah Luk, Christy Hunnisett, Heather Woltman, JP Bouchard, Zirjan Derwa, Joanna Ma, Fanfei Gong and Paul Horbal

Bottom Row (left to right): Brian Connolly, Aleksandra Koziara, Margaret Seko, Marija Djukic, Clair Richardson, Catherine Connolly and Judith Bandelj

Front Row: Carl Connolly, Mary-Catherine Connolly and Nevin Bandelj

Absent from Photo: Wynnie Chan and Karen Ogden

About Bereskin & Parr LLP: Bereskin & Parr LLP is a leading Canadian intellectual property (IP) law firm serving clients of all sizes, in a variety of industries, both domestic and international. The firm was founded in 1965 and has grown to be one of the largest IP law firms in Canada and serves clients in over 100 countries. Bereskin & Parr is made up of over 70 lawyers, patent and trademark agents, many of whom are recognized as leading practitioners in their respective fields.


Team: GCNA

Team Captain: Frank Faieta (supported by Jenny Nguygen)

Total Raised: $15,328.55

Team Pictured: Top (Sunday Eniojukan, Glenn Woodard, Tara Wishart, Kirsty Gair, Marco Zonni, Jared Martin, Adrian Vanelli , Jasdev Grewal), Middle (Grace van Dijk, Dave Fratarcangeli, Luci Polsoni, Pamela Martin, Jenny Nguyen, Christina Torralba), Bottom (Frank Faieta - Team Captain)   Missing (Kim Bloom, Ann Shaw, Jennifer Fagan, Frank Spidalieri, Christine Forrest)

Why Involved: Team GCNA Toronto has participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure for the past five years and each year the interest has grown and the group has expanded. The Guarantee Company first decided to participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure in 2007, as the company had wished to initiate a corporate team building activity and due to the commonality of everyone either knowing someone, hearing about someone or having it happen to them personally, the CIBC Run for the Cure seemed like the perfect event to take part in. This year, however, has taken on a larger meaning, as several of our co-workers were diagnosed with breast cancer. Team GCNA is a proud supporter of the CIBC Run for the Cure and hopes to continue participating in this very meaningful cause.

About GCNA: Founded in 1872, The Guarantee Company of North America is the largest surety and fidelity bonding company in Canada. The Guarantee Company has since expanded their business to include selling personal insurance. To date, The Guarantee Company has over 20 offices in Canada and the United States.


Is your corporate team up for the Challenge? For more information on how to get involved, contact Lauren Wells, Coordinator Run for the Cure.

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